Girls Prep Hockey – Lakes Region Preview: Brewster, Holderness, KUA, Tilton All Have New Bench Bosses

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Former Hoosac School head coach Bill Ward is now behind the bench for the Bobcats and says his club will need find ways to generate more offense. The team should have more depth than in the past.

Cailean Corbally Brewster Acad.

Up front, seniors Teagan Garfield (Johnson & Wales commit), Sasha Jacobson (Manhattanville commit) and Grace Matthews (Arcadia commit) lead the offense with senior Grace Inoue, juniors Katie Collins and Lexi Davies, and sophomores Tori Hayden and Grace Rizzitano.

Katie Collins
Brewster Acad.

A veteran defense returns seniors Cailean Corbally (Johnson & Wales commit) and Miranda Stilwell and juniors Abby Brodney and Alexis D’Angelo.

In the nets, sophomore Sophia Rock is back and will join with new sophomore Belle Desrosiers.

HOLDERNESS (10-14-2)

Marissa Lafferty Holderness

The Bulls are under new management, with Bianca Moreau taking over the head coaching duties. She says the team will be focused on defensive zone coverage and attacking offensively with purpose.

A good leadership group returns up front with seniors Marissa Lafferty (Johnson & Wales commit), Alyssa Barbossa, Grace Adams and Sammy Lantz, and junior Ashley Bergeron. New sophomore Kassidy Haley and freshman Lexi Morris look to chip in.

Mia Gonsalves Holderness

Seniors Caitlyn Slider and Lily Spooner are a pair of experienced blueliners. Sophomore Abby Brennan will have a key role.

There will be depth at the goaltender position. Junior Mia Gonsalves returns as the primary option between the pipes, with new freshman Songdy Assoume in the mix as well.


Back for his second stint as head coach of the Wildcats, Mark Hudak gets a team that will feature 13 seniors, so it will rely on experience. Team defense projects to be a strength.

The offense will revolve around senior veterans Ainsley Lonczak and Summer Combe.

On defense, senior Julia Chedel (St. Michael’s commit) will be a cornerstone, as will junior Reese Combe. Sophomore Maddy Pope is a returning netminder for the Wildcats.

NEW HAMPTON (22-9-2)

Fresh off a New England Small School championship, the Huskies will need to integrate eight new players this winter. A strong commitment to the defensive game will be vital to a repeat playoff run.

Emma McPherson New Hampton

Offensively, there is a strong group with the return of juniors Julia Loughlin (UNH commit) and Kennedy Walker (Yale commit), as well as senior Taylor Settles (Trinity commit), junior Kayleigh Michaud-Noland and sophomore Kelsey Baker. Four solid newcomers for coach Craig Churchill are junior Caroline Thompson (Gilmour Academy), sophomores Lily Thomas (Team Colorado) and Katie Usilton (Ironbound) and freshman Emma MacPherson (Sandwich HS).

Seniors Abby Tattersall (Colby commit) and Izzy Prentiss will be cornerstones on the New Hampton blue line. New juniors Reese Luber (Winchendon) and True Thompson (Little Caesars) add immediate depth.

The Huskies return a pair of netminders in senior Vera Lee and sophomore Cara Kuczek.

Catherine Dickson Proctor


With a young team this winter, the Hornets will rely heavily on the play of its two senior goaltenders.

Jodie Gratton

The pair – Sally Sweeney (Chatham University commit) and Catherine Dickson – will need to provide leadership between the pipes.

Keys up front for coach Hunter Churchill are senior Jodie Gratton (St. Michael’s commit), and juniors Molly VanVranken, Cate Hart and Cade Wiley. Joining the offense are sophomores Bella Simone and Viltaute Jasineviciute and freshman Mary Kavanaugh.

Two sophomores – Reagan Martens and Christina Fossum – return on the Proctor blue line. Sophomore Lillian Warner will be a welcome addition.

ST. PAUL’S (19-8-2)

A 9-0-2 stretch to end last season culminated in a New England Large School title for the Pelicans, who return a solid core group from that squad.

Much of the offense will flow through senior captain Cami Bell, an All NEPSAC selection who has committed to Yale, and senior assistant captain Charlotte Wensley, an RPI commit. Hadley Cepiel, who could also see time on defense, is a Holy Cross lacrosse commit. Newcomer Ava Hunter, a transfer from Williston, is a St. Anselm commit.

On the blue line, senior Gabby Martiniello (Hamilton commit), senior Kate Pura (Colby commit) and senior assistant captain Georgia Bussey (Trinity commit) will be the defensive nucleus for coach Kelli Mackey.

Senior assistant captain Ally Martiniello (Colby commit), the MVP of the Large School tournament last winter, is back between the pipes.

TILTON (13-14-1)

With the recent departure of coach Keith McLean to Rivers, Zach Frament will serve as the interim coach this winter for the Rams. Frament feels his team will be strong up front and in goal, so getting strong defensive play could be a big plus.

Returning up front will be junior Mary Kelley and sophomores Lilly Shaughnessy, Shae Gould and Gabby Cerqua. Expect immediate impacts from newcomers like senior Maggie Donahue, junior Morgan Brady and sophomores Grace Collins and Thea Arsenault.

Defensively, a lot will be expected of the returning group consisting of junior Brooklyn Pizzimenti and sophomores Ava Decourcy, Alexine Beaulieu and Lindsay Fox.

In the nets, senior Katelyn Cardoso has committed to Johnson & Wales. Also back is senior Annabelle Paoli. Also joining the program are sophomores Evelyn Lacey and Ana Fryar.

Kailin Sullivan Vermont Academy


A big influx of young talent has the Wildcats optimistic as the season gets underway. Team speed will be key to success.

Allie Guyer Vermont Academy

Senior Pinky Rasmussen and sophomores Carley Guarino, Cali Burnett and Honora Walsh are returning forwards for coach Madison Paydos. The group welcomes in post-grad Abby Mellen (Northfield), juniors Allie Guyer and Kailin Sullivan, and the freshman trio of Ashlee Hart, Becca Saldon and Talia Engel.

Juniors Aubrie Adair and Dana Burns bring experience to the VA blue line. A host of defensemen have joined the program, including junior Maureen Ladzinski, sophomores Larkin Riepe, Katie Edwards and Destiny McKinley, and freshman Miriam Felton.

Handling the goaltending duties will be senior Delaney Cox and junior Juliette Belanger.

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